The Blue Wisp Restaurant & Jazz Club

The Blue Wisp Restaurant & Jazz Club

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thebluewisp.com/dine.html
  • Phone: 5132419477x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Service
    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM Tuesday - Friday

    Dinner Service
    Tuesday - Thursday 5 PM -10 PM Bar open until Midnight
    Friday and Saturday 5 PM - 10 PM (Late Night Menu 10 PM - 1 AM)

    Open Sunday and Monday by Special Event Only.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wine
  • Entertainment: Weekly you can relax and dine while listening to the Blue Wisp Big Band, Wisp of Jazz and the Blue Wisp Young Lions High School Jazz Band. Providing live music nightly so view our event calendar for all local, regional and national artist.
  • Special Events: See our Calendar of Events on our Website.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Seventh Street
  • Parking: Valet
A word from The Blue Wisp Restaurant & Jazz Club
A must see, The Blue Wisp is known as one of the premier venues in the United States and now has an award winning restaurant providing contemporary cuisine. This historic establishment provides an intimate atmosphere for some of the best jazz artists of all time. In addition to jazz, The Blue Wisp stage is also home to many other genres of music. A piece of Cincinnati history, The Blue Wisp originally opened in O'Bryonville in 1973. The Blue Wisp has expanded to its latest and greatest location and is now nestled in the heart of exciting downtown Cincinnati. The Blue Wisp is conveniently located within walking distance of Paul Brown Stadium, Great American Ball Park, US Bank Arena, Duke Energy Convention Center, Fountain Square, and The Aronoff Center for the Arts. The Blue Wisp features live music nightly with a full-service bar, lunch, dinner, and a late-night menu.
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The Blue Wisp Restaurant & Jazz Club reviews from OpenTable diners
2 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3
  • Food4
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
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  • most of the menu was unavailable
    jcoop580
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    most of the staff was very friendly. arrived 10 minutes before open doors were locked staff seen us outside and unlocked doors for us. we did have reservations table placement was less desired wanted closer to band . very next party that came in after us what is dead center in front of the band. the server took our drink order as soon as we sat down. try to order appetizers first and second choice was no longer available I'll settle for 3rd very good chicken tenders. placed the dinner order same thing as with the appetizers first and second choice on the menu wasn't available .seem like the server wasn't familiar with the menu. ask her about the lasagna end up bringing the meatloaf ? probably will go back but not right at open .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best jazz experience in town
    jcliao
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The atmosphere, food/drink selection, friendly staff and excellent musical performances make this place a perfect classy spot to enjoy am amazing jazz show with dinner or just drinks.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • phth
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I order a martini and asked for well vodka, my drink was $11.00. My husband ordered the lasagna it was $18.00 and it was burnt. They melted more cheese on top to hide the fact that it was burnt. The portion was very small. I ordered the Goat cheese and cranberry salad. It was $11.00 and had 1 small patty of goat cheese. Salad was from bag. Very poor would not eat there again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My husband and I were trying The Blue Wisp for the first time. Great food, excellent service, and wonderful music. We will be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Shayla
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We arrived at our reservation time and was told that I didn't have a reservation. Then the excuse was that one of the employees didn't show up for work so they didn't know we had a reservation. So we didn't get a chance to dine because the band had shut down and the kitchen was closed and nothing was done to try to reschedule at all.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Brunch
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We've been to the Blue Wisp numerous times for dinner and it was always a success. First timers for brunch. Limited menu, average quality, probably not returning in the near future for brunch. Highly recommend for dinner though.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Find
    Frunobulax
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We lack good jazz clubs and dinner clubs in the area, so the Blue Wisp is an oasis. We had a very nice time and the dinner was very good. Also, the show was very good, as we saw the Rosemary Cloony tribute on 5/17. The only drawbacks were spotty service (not bad, just could be more attentive), and spotty kitchen (you shouldn't be out of a regular menu item at 7:30 on a Saturday). The other drawback is the lounge, which is a nice space, but not a nice space for music. The bar is centally located, meaning there are only a handful of seats from which you can view the lounge band. Having said all that, the owners seem to care about the quality of the music and the quality of the customer experience. We'll be visiting again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music AND Food
    gr8ful
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We went for the Blues Music, which was fabulous and enjoyed the food, wine and beer more than we expected. Good, not extensive, menu and everything we tried was perfectly prepared and delicious. No cover to hear Kelly Ritchie play guitar and sing. What a treasure!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good date night
    Heather
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I love coming here for a nice evening out! The food is very good, there were some technical difficulties during the show but other than that everything was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place as always
    mike
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Sometimes the music can get a little too loud, where it becomes hard to hear the person next to you. But it is live music, and it is the best music there is. Can't wait to come back again. The staff from the GM on down are the best of the best. Mike G.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for a night on the town!
    FoodieSongBird90
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    So I got the responsibility of planning my best friend's bachelor party. I saw this restaurant on OpenTable, checked out the reviews (rave) & location (aka perfect) & I was convinced. Booked our reservation (for 10) & there wasn't any issue getting situated once we got there. Which was awesome, especially with a larger party as we were. Service was awesome even though we were billigerantly drunk as it got later into the evening & a pain in the butt to deal with (Tammy you rock!!). Food was freaking delicious (I know because I literally stole bites of everyone's food everything from burgers to the salmon & Chicken/Prosciutto pasta) & I would recommend this place to any/everyone!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty much what I expected
    SoopaStar
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We sat in the lounge. When we arrived, we were seated promptly at a two top up against the bar. My wife and I had to trade seats because the ceiling mounted A/C vent blew directly down upon us. Kind of poor placement of the table. I ordered a Rhinegeist Truth and my wife ordered a three vodka, three juice beverage. Hers was delicious, mine was not Truth. They had the brewery's Cougar instead and didn't know. Swapped it for a Flower Power IPA. Yum. I ordered the steak medallions and my wife the Salmon. Both were very tasty and cooked appropriately. The music was a tad loud and I couldn't hear some of our conversation without leaning into the table. Definitely not a place to go if you are looking to catch up on old times and just talk!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lindaVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Everything was bad from service to food. The salad came straight from Kroger in a plastic bag. The "special" was grouper, but they didn't have any so the gave us flounder instead. Same price for a cheaper fish. The broccoli was cold and the rice was terrible and hard. They even said they couldn't make a mixed drink (electric lemonade). The music was OK.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food before and or after an event
    Event
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    If you like to support the city you are in here is where you can do that. Music all evening food very tasty . Fun with friends.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has Potential
    LoveToDine
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I enjoy jazz so I figured this would we a great place to go to dinner with a few friends. Unfortunately I was wrong. The food was lackluster and some things on the menu, they did not serve anymore. I had the nachos which was mostly chips, the people I was with had salads and the crab cake sandwich. I would say to go with the sandwich, he seemed to enjoy his food the most out of all of us. The music was a little too loud for a dining setting, I think this place would be better suited for drinks and just to vibe to music. The service was okay, nothing spectacular but not terrible. I can say that I will never dine there again, maybe I will try sitting at the bar and just having drinks.
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  • classy place
    chris
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    great food great service. Good music and a nice place to go out with your lady. Dessert wasn't very good but everything else was awesome
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music Awesome; service poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    It was my second time to visit there. Awesome place, great venue, great ambiance and food. Service is horrible. Also, you need to update menu if some items are not available.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chillin
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Paul Carter went over and beyond to see that we had a great night!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was very good.
    SkilletVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised that the food at the Blue Wisp was very good. We went there for our first time this past Saturday night and expected average-quality bar food, but found it to be very good. We started with their spinach and artichoke dip (the fried pita chips are excellent) and both had the stuffed chicken as our entrees. Everything was very tasty and the music was good as well. I would certainly recommend giving this place a try if you haven't been there before.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Jazz
    teacher
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I love the concept of a jazz bar, but I was somewhat disappointed in the brunch experience. The food was good, but nothing exceptional. The service was slow and I feel the servers need to be trained better, and more accomodating. I think if The Blue Wisp steps up their food and service, business would really improve. I am in their corner, and I want the establishment to succeed, but I definitely think if they want to have more traffic in the restaurant part they need improvement.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch was Great
    socrdad19
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The Blue Wisp Jazz Club has only been serving Sunday brunch for a few weeks when we decided to try it. Our server was working his first brunch and was not familiar with the menu, but told us that upfront and it was not a problem. Service was superb. The kitchen had some electrical problems which caused my omelet to arrive well before my wife's plate. We did not complain, but when our server asked what was wrong with my wife's order, we simply stated it never arrived. Without us complaining the manager to comped our meal. That demonstrated they cared about their customers. Being new to brunch, there were some glitches, but we enjoyed the live soft jazz, the meal, and the service. We plan on returning.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great talent and tasty meals
    yanko49
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Big bands or small combos bring back the days when Cincy was bursting with great venues for young and old jazz greats to share their talents with their fans. Our evening with the RL Big Band was outstanding but was accentuated by the good service and food. We will be returning with friends and telling even more about the enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot for a date ;)
    DinnerBuddy
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Good ambience from live music, large windows and bar in the center of the restaurant. Food was good and a good selection of beer and wine. Bread pudding was delicious.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really awful
    FrauDoktor
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    I ordered a$9 Bloody Mary that was over-tabasco-ed and, over-iced with nearly no vodka in it. Veggie tacos - menu said stuffed with roasted vegetables, black beans, tomatoes and guacamole sauce. What I got was two limp small tortillas with three chunks of boiled zucchini each, chunks of iceberg lettuce, and half a bottle of thousand island dressing on it. I read the waitress the menu description. She said the manager cooked and didn't know how. She came back with the same food w/8 black beans now on one tortilla, 2 beans on the other. My husband's meal was over-salted . My daughter's "make your own burger" came out with not one topping she ordered. The fries were old and reheated. One hour before we were served!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Jazz
    Innoble
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I cannot honestly rate the food since I only attended the jazz show. The room was small, dark, crowed and the seating was uncomfortable.. The service was the absolute worst I've experienced in years! After finding a seat a cocktail waitress brought us a dinner and cocktail menu and promised she'd be back; well we NEVER saw her again. After an hour I went to the front to find out how to get a cocktail and a waiter was sent over and did care for our order. The jazz artist was good and played 2 sets. Although most of his selections were old tunes, they were played very well. The jazz experience was memorable, although because of the HORRIBLE service I will NEVER return!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Supplies
    Ducky
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Your restaurant ran out of plates, forks and to-go boxes. Our group was a bit taken aback by this. This shouldn't be.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place, good food
    Cincinnati11
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We went early on a Saturday to the lounge area, not very busy. Got busy after 8:30 - 9. Music was very nice, food was very good, wait staff very nice. We had several shots, one of which was not what we ordered, manager came out and said, "get them another of what they ordered." Will definitely go back and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good music, absolute
    aliceVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Very good music, absolute amazing loved the relaxed feel of it! I was sorry to leave!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • nice jazz experience
    jazzfan
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This is a nice location to enjoy jazz bands with dinner in the lounge. On the downside, you can hear music from the bar area coming in, which is distracting. Our server wasn't the greatest; nice enough but not very attentive. One person in my party didn't like her cold food, but the others enjoyed ours. For my 2nd time in a row here, they didn't have an appetizer available that was listed on the menu. I don't know if its so good it sells out, since I haven't gotten to try it! If so, why can't they just plan accordingly?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Music Great - Food, not so much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Before dinner drinks were great, as well as our appetizer of Tuna Tacos. We then ordered 2 items off the menu, then were told that they were no longer available. Waitress was very immature, and service was slow. We were there on a Thursday night, so there was no excuse for the slow service with so few people being in the restaurant. 1) Crab cakes were more filler than crab meat, and were barely warm 2) 2nd choice New York Strip (after Rib Eye from menu not available) Sauce was unappealing, and tasted like gravy. 3) Center Cut Pork Chop not available, so ordered Cider Salmon - Served with under-cooked haricot verts and roasted potatoes Should have ordered a sandwich, because this was not fine dining. Won't be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Experience
    LoveJazz
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    This was our first visit to the Blue Wisp. The ambiance was befitting the jazz theme. The music was outstanding and the food was good, although my companion had to order three times to find something on the menu that was actually available. Even at that it was a good experience and we would not hesitate to return.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Great Music
    Tess
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We wondering into the Blue Wisp looking for some local music. we sat in the main area, ordered some beers and has an appetizer. Some high school kids were playing Jazz and if I did not see them, I would have thought they were older and more experienced. They played great Jazz standards and it was a fun relaxing atmosphere. The food was good but not exceptional, but overall the experience was excellent and did not break the bank.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deeply Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We were looking forward to something different than just going out for dinner. The jazz band in the main room played intermittently, and no longer than 40 minutes and then took 30 to 40 minute breaks. Obviously the better band was in the other room, but you had to pay. But that is what I had thought I had made reservations for. The food was not good. My crab cake sandwich had so much oil on it, could have been deep fried and it was pressed beyond recognition. I was surprised at the prices. They seemed really high. If you want to compete with the MUCH better restaurants downtown, don't price your food at the same level and serve poor quality food.
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  • 2 visits
    RickH
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Hello, I've been to Blue Wisp 2x in the last 3 weeks. I love the Ambiance and the Music. The service was not very good at all. The wait staff was very pleasant and as attentive as could be. It seemed that you are understaffed and the staff was overworked. Too busy to really give us the attention we're used to. Both times it was around 10 minutes before someone even took our drink order. The first time they directed us to the back room where it cost extra to get (what I thought) was worse service. Therefore the second time we opted out of going to the back room. Then came to find the service was just as bad in the front room.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • blown away
    eyesee58
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    This was my first time here I will be coming back as the weather gets warm Our server was very good Just need to turn the lights up there where older people there for Marshall Nelson they had to turn there phone on to read there bill, But other then that I enjoyed myself,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Suprised
    newbie
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Had read a number of reviews panning the food, was concerned, but didn't want to chance missing the show by eating elsewhere. There were 4 of us, 2 different pasta dishes, 1 sandwich and a chicken entrée. Everyone enjoyed their food, 2 even took home leftovers. Generous portions, tasty food - nice and hot and served in the same room as the show we were seeing. Reason for going was the show - the food was a pleasant surprise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice to have Jazz in the background
    valandmike
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Nice to have Jazz in the background. Good food- Crabcakes were delicious as was the Salmon. Overall a very nice evening
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Option for Jazz Lovers!
    ThnkAKA
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Fabulous Staff!!!!! Excellent Music!!! They went above and beyond the norm for customer service. I would recommend this restaurant for the food, the music, the staff, etc.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere; poor service
    bmace
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The Blue Wisp is very hard to locate. However once we found it the valet was prompt and friendly. The hostess was polite and efficient. Server was slow in greeting us, not knowledgeable of the menu, and struggled with the simple task of opening a bottle of wine. Beef medallions were unexceptional, but asparagus and potatoes were excellent. Her pasta was drenched in a butter cream sauce that was flavorful, but a little much. Teamwork was fantastic as several people prebussed our table. Music was lively and fun but very loud for dinner. My recommendation...go for the music and drinks, but eat before you go.
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  • Great jaz and so so food
    MickeyVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This is really a nice jazz venue and probably ok for late night sandwiches or appetizers. I would describe the dinner as Bob Evans quality. My short ribs came out at room temperature. They were nice to microwave it at which point it was the moral equivalent of Bob Evans pot roast but not as hot. The music is great and I would suggest this spot for after dinner and not dinner!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic